If Christmas was a city, Birmingham could put a good case forward to be it. Not only is it home to the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria, which takes over the city centre for almost two months. But everywhere you turn there are festivities to find. So much so that the Telegraph has named Birmingham one of the UK’s best family-friendly one-night festive breaks.
Trying to find alternatives to Lapland and Christkindelsmärik for a bit of Christmas magic, the newspaper put together some of the most Christmassy locations in the country. Just some of the tips for a one-night festive break in Brum, include heading to Cadbury World for the Santa stage show and staying at the city’s gorgeous Grand Hotel.
Other tips include, of course, a visit to Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market, as well as catching Birmingham Royal Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at the Hippodrome. Finally, the Telegraph suggests going for an outdoor ice skate in Centenary Square. Many Brummies will obviously know all about these festivities, so what if you’re looking family-friendly one-night festive break outside of Birmingham?
What are the UK’s best family-friendly one-night festive breaks?
Closest to Birmingham is a trip to the Cotswolds, with a visit to Westonbirt National Arboretum and its dazzling Enchanted Christmas trail and a stay at the Wild Thyme and Honey hotel “for true Cotswold charm”. It also suggests visiting the capital at Christmas, with a trip to the iconic Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and a stay at (…) Claridge’s.
Other family-friendly festive breaks include a trip to the enchanted My Little Unicorn centre in Hampshire; a visit to Willows Farm in Hertfordshire, complete with “a (genuinely exceptional) Santa meet and greet” plus biscuit decorating, a reindeer trail and ice-skating; and a trip on the annual Polar Express ride in North Yorkshire.
To read more about the Telegraph’s best family-friendly one-night festive breaks in the UK head here.